Bracknell Forest council’s decision-making Executive has agreed plans to spend £7.25 million on improving and maintaining the borough’s roads, pavements and cycleways over the next year.
The plans include ongoing maintenance, like filling in potholes and resurfacing roads, as well as a number of highways, pedestrian and cycling improvements so people can get around the borough safely and sustainably. These are in line with what the local community has been telling the council it would like to see improved.
It also includes several road safety schemes and improvements to tackle parking pressures and bottlenecks.
Planned traffic management and road safety work for 2023 to 2024 includes:
- a new toucan crossing on Temple Way (north of the junction with Boltons Lane), which will help parents and children get to King’s Academy Binfield more safely
- a new zebra crossing on Cambridge Road in Sandhurst, near to Owlsmoor Primary School
- a new zebra crossing on Rectory Road, opposite Brakenhale School
- an extension to the upgrade of the footpath and cycle path on South Road to link in King’s Academy Easthampstead Park
- increased parking in Claverdon, Swaledale, Kibble Green, Latimer, Fraser Road, Holland Pines and Prescott
- speed management to improve road safety on Temple Way, Wood Lane, Park Lane and Sunninghill Road
More than £2.6 million will be spent on the planned resurfacing of a number of residential roads as well as major roads like the A322, A3095 and A330.
There will also be £100,000 invested in technology to improve traffic flow and crossing points at key junctions. This will help improve journey times.
Cllr Chris Turrell, executive member for planning and transport, said:
“We’ve been speaking to lots of residents and community leaders about what they want to see improved in terms of roads and travel and have used their feedback to shape how we’re spending this year’s £7.25 million highways budget.
“While we will be using some of the budget to do essential repairs and resurfacing, we are also investing in lots of new safety measures, many of which are outside schools, as well as increasing parking in several residential areas experiencing difficulty. Plus, we’re investing in modern technology to improve traffic flow.
“Additionally, more than £500,000 will be used to improve cycleways and pedestrian routes so that people can travel quickly, safely and sustainably on foot or bike. This will help provide more environmentally friendly travel options to reduce the borough’s impact on the environment.”